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Anatomica was a retrospective exhibition of work at Rochester Art Gallery with paper textiles, costumes, illustrations and film made during a ten year period.
The work and practice of Caroline Collinge, under the guise of the Cabinet of Curiosity Studio, is exemplary in designing and making as a critical way of exploring the thematics of ideas and techniques. Installations, artefacts, art works, photography, illustration, costumes, performance and film are all taken up equally as both medium and media for testing and experimentation, producing new and intriguing forms which are as insightful and meticulous as they are exuberant and magical.
Movement, motion and the relationship of costume to the body are key motifs throughout the work, exploring spatiality, aesthetics and the spectacle to enchant and surprise. Several of the works can perhaps be considered to be architectural; constructed and habitable for the performances or installations they were originally conceived for. Underpinning all this is a meticulousness in processing and understanding techniques related to textiles, paper folding, origami forms and katagami stencils. In adopting key symbols or drawing out the dynamics of storytelling, distinctive links are made throughout the works displayed here.
Nathaniel Dafydd Beard, Fashion academic and writer.
Photography by Rikard Osterlund / Rochester Art Gallery.